The A+E-owned cable network has greenlighted an unscripted series from the director that centers on Special Operations training tactics, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The Selection: Special Operations Experiment will see 30 men and women between the ages of 21 to 45 years old with no military background go through intense physical and mental challenges to see if they have what it takes to be the best of the best. The six instructors, who are veterans of the Navy SEALs, Green Berets and Army Rangers, will challenge participants with tear gas, interrogation simulation and psychological warfare, among other tests, to examine each challenge and their bigger purpose.
The civilians are able to remove themselves from the program at any stage — 80 percent of those who attempt these extreme training and assessment exercises quit. There also is no cash prize for making it all the way through — the series is simply a test against oneself to see if the mind has the will and strength to push the body to complete the challenges.
The series is based on a format from Minnow Films’ SAS: Who Dares Wins, which aired on Channel 4 in the U.K. last year.
The instructors include veteran Navy SEALs Marcus Capone, Ray Care and Sean Haggerty; veteran Special Forces Green Berets Donnie Bowen and Bert Kuntz, and veteran Army Ranger Tyler Grey. The eight-episode first season will premiere Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10 p.m. ET/PT on History.
Berg’s unscripted banner Film 45 will produce with Bunim/Murray Productions (Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real World). Berg, Matt Goldberg, Brandon Carroll and Grant Kahler will executive produce with Film 45, along with Gil Goldschein for Bunim/Murray; and Cem Yeter and Joel Karsberg as well as Tim Healy, Stephen Mintz and Russ McCarroll for History.
“Throughout the history of our nation, Special Operations training tactics has played an integral part in our military endeavors and this series gives viewers a rare glimpse into what it takes to be selected among the elite,” History’s head of programming Paul Cabana said Monday in a statement. “The Selection will offer civilians the unique opportunity to take part in an immersive, authentic course instructed by different branches leading together, while giving viewers insight into the origins of these challenges.”
The Selection is the latest military-centered endeavor for Berg. In addition to directing the 2015 Mark Wahlberg film Lone Survivor, based on the true story of a U.S. Navy SEALs unit during the war in Afghanistan, he also exec produced History’s military docuseries Live to Tell, which gave first-person accounts of recent U.S. Special Operations Forces missions.
Berg, whose film Deepwater Horizon will hit theaters on Sept. 30, also is an exec producer on the HBO comedy Ballers and Amazon’s forthcoming Novak Djokovic docuseries.
The Selection is just the latest military-inspired reality series, joining Fox’s American Grit, which will return for a second season.
Watch a first look video for The Selection below.